Apr 24, 2024  
Graduate Catalog 2019-2020 
Graduate Catalog 2019-2020 Archived Catalog

Student Resources

John Brown University Library

The two-story John Brown University Library-also known as the Arutunoff Learning Resource Center-is the central location for resources supporting the research needs of the JBU community. The library is an important part of the academic program at JBU and functions as a partner in the teaching/learning process. The main collection consists of over 115,000 items, including books, microforms, and DVDs. In addition, the library subscribes to more than 67,000 periodical titles, nearly all of which are available electronically. The library also subscribes to 144 electronic databases (full-text periodicals, online reference resources, and indexes) and provides access to 330,000 e-book titles.

The professional library staff provides research and reference services to both individuals and groups, and efficient interlibrary loan services to the JBU community. The library facility includes large and small study rooms, a classroom, presentation practice equipment and spaces, quiet and comfortable spaces for reading, and 46 computers for student use. The Writing Center and ITS Help Desk are also located in the JBU Library.

In addition to resources in the main library, a number of materials are housed in two library branches. The Music Library, on the lower level of the Cathedral, contains music sound recordings, scores, and appropriate listening equipment. The Career Development Center Library, on the first floor of the Walker Student Center, houses materials related to vocational counseling and graduate school opportunities. The Film Library is housed in the main library and contains films that have been selected based on their recommendation by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Film Institute, or Arts & Faith.

The gateway to the JBU Library is its web site, www.jbu.edu/library/, where information about all library collections and services may be obtained. The library web site features an online catalog that can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection. Students can connect to electronic databases through the campus network and via remote access. Reference questions and interlibrary loan requests can be made online or via e-mail at library@jbu.edu.

The JBU Library belongs to several networks and consortia. To provide efficient interlibrary loan services, the library is a member of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), which gives our users borrowing privileges to over 250 million items held in over 72,000 member libraries worldwide. The library belongs to ARKLink (a consortium of 47 academic libraries in Arkansas) and AMIGOS (a regional resource-sharing network). The library is a charter member of the Christian Librarian Association Network.

Special collections in the JBU library include the published materials of the school’s founder, John E. Brown, Sr., materials of radio evangelist J. Vernon McGee, the Romig Juvenile Literature Collection, and the Gary and Carrie Oliver Marriage and Family Resource Room. In addition, the JBU Archives houses an extensive collection of artifacts related to the history of the university.

Library Hours (may vary)
  Monday - Thursday 7:30am - Midnight
  Friday 7:30am - 5:00 pm
  Saturday 11:00am - 6:00 pm
  Sunday 3:00pm - Midnight
Library Contacts
  Circulation 479.524.7202
  Research Assistance 479.524.7153
  Interlibrary Loan 479.524.7276
  Instructional Services 479.524.7355
  Email library@jbu.edu

LIBRARY WEB SITE: http://www.jbu.edu/library/

LIBRARY CARD: Use your JBU student ID card. You may also borrow materials from 27 academic libraries in Arkansas using a free ARKLink card. Contact Beckie Peden (x7202 or bpeden@jbu.edu) for details.

FIND ARTICLES: A wide variety of academic journal databases, ebook collections, and other materials are available online through the library web site. Go to http://www.jbu.edu/library, click on “Online Resources” and then select a resource to search from the relevant subject area. If off-campus, when prompted enter your JBU username and password.

Online resources include:

ABI/INFORM Complete (full-text business journals)
Business Source Elite (full-text business journals)
eBooks on EBSCOhost (scholarly e-books)
ERIC (comprehensive education literature index)
Gale Academic OneFile (full-text journals in all disciplines)
IBISWorld (market research and analysis of U.S. industries)
LexisNexis Academic (business, news, and legal information)
MarketResearch.com (data and analysis of industries, markets, and products)
ProQuest Central (full-text journals in all disciplines)
ProQuest Education Journals (full-text education journals and publications)
ProQuest Psychology Journals (full-text psychology journals)
PsycINFO (comprehensive behavioral science and mental health literature index)
WorldCat (worldwide book catalog)

FIND BOOKS: Use the online catalog located at the library homepage: www.jbu.edu/library.

CHECKOUT PERIOD: 21 days for books. Renewal period is 21 days. May be renewed twice if there is no hold on the book; renewable by phone or email: library@jbu.edu. A student may have up to 20 books checked out at any time.

Document delivery: we can email articles or mail books to you from our library; you are responsible for return postage on books.

INTERLIBRARY LOANS: Items not available through the library may be obtained from other libraries through our interlibrary loan service. Request items not available in the library in person or by mail, phone, or email (jposey@jbu.edu) or use the ILLiad form on the library web site (login required). Most books arrive within 1-2 weeks and articles within days. Articles will typically be delivered to you electronically. Books can be mailed to you; you are responsible for return postage.

RESEARCH QUESTIONS: Research and other library questions may be asked at the library reference desk, phoned in (x7153), emailed (library@jbu.edu) or texted: 479-310-JBU1 (5281).

STYLE GUIDES: Go to “Research Help” at the library home page; select “Cite Your Sources.

STUDY ROOMS: Individual or group rooms are available on demand, or can be reserved; call x7202.

FINES/FEES: $.25 per day per book. You will be billed for replacement of missing item(s), plus $10 processing fee per item.

Information Technology Services

John Brown University has many technology resources available for students. All campus buildings and remote sites are interconnected with a network infrastructure that allows for authorized access from classrooms, laboratories, offices, residence halls, and remote locations. Wireless networking also extends accessibility in most residential and study areas throughout the university.

On the Siloam Springs campus, there are computer labs in each academic building for student use. The Library has general purpose, collaborative computing resources available days and evenings throughout the week. Both black and white and color printing is available for a small fee.

JBU Online Undergraduate students have access to additional computing resources at the Rogers Center and Little Rock Center. Computers with Internet access and laser printing are available for student use in common study areas. Wireless Internet access is also available.

The Media Lab, located in the Learning Resource Center (LRC), offers assistance in specialized printing, provides art and project supplies for purchase, and manages the rental of audio/visual technology used for academics and small events.

The Help Desk, also located in the LRC, is available for assistance with any questions or issues related to technology use on campus, with extended hours throughout the week and weekend.

Students who bring a computer to any of the campuses may connect to the campus network using their provided username and password. Once connected, students can access the Internet, EagleNet, the Library, JBU email, and personal network storage.

Policies regarding the privacy of electronic information and appropriate computer use at John Brown University may be referenced in the Information Technology Services Acceptable Use Policy. This, and additional information about technology services, may be found through the web via the EagleNet portal or by contacting the ITS Help Desk at 479-524-7256, or email help@jbu.edu.

Office of Academic Assistance & Student Support Services

Students may contact the Academic Assistance Coordinator for assistance in further developing their academic skills. This includes such areas as study skills, note-taking skills, time management, test-taking skills, and other skills that help students succeed academically. Study skills videos that help improve reading, writing, and math are available. The Coordinator will help a student engage an individual tutor, if one is available, but payment is the responsibility of the student.

The Office of Academic Assistance on the Siloam Springs campus administers the CLEP and proctors tests for correspondence courses. DANTES and MAT testing are administered at the Rogers Center. For general information, fees, or to schedule an appointment at the Siloam Springs campus, call (479) 524-7471. The Rogers Center can be reached at (479) 631-4665.

Services for Students with Disabilities

It is the goal of John Brown University that all enrolled students be given equal opportunity to succeed in their quest for a higher education that is based upon our “Christ Over All” philosophy and that integrates the educational principles of “Head, Heart, and Hand.”

In accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the ADDA, John Brown University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to students who are disabled. The Director of Student Support Services works with students and instructors to arrange appropriate assistance in learning and physical access. Students having documented disabilities are encouraged to contact the Director, Jarrod Heathcote, by email to jheathcote@jbu.edu, or by phone at (479) 524-7401.

Student Development Office

Counseling Center

The college experience often entails emotional as well as intellectual challenges. Developing meaningful relationships, changes in one’s family, stress, anxiety, and depression are just a few of the issues facing students. The professional staff in the Counseling Center is available to facilitate students’ growth while at JBU. Individual and group therapy, couple counseling, and psycho-educational groups are available to students free of charge.

Counseling sessions are confidential, and appointments are scheduled with discretion and respect for the needs and desires of students. To schedule an appointment or inquire about fees, please call (479) 524-7251 or visit our web site http://www.jbu.edu/campus_life/counseling/.

Career Development Center

The staff at the Career Development Center (CDC) is concerned with providing a comprehensive career development program for the students of John Brown University.

Students have the opportunity to develop self-understanding through the resources available at the center. Students may participate in individual counseling, personality inventories, and computer-aided guidance programs. The varied resources in the CDC Library can be helpful to students in any stage of career planning by helping them understand personal strengths, make wise decisions about majors, and begin to explore career alternatives.

The center also serves as a link between college and the world of work through providing regular workshops on job search skills and strategies. The annual Career Fair brings employers and graduate school representatives to campus to increase awareness and provide information related to future career and graduate education. The CDC also provides information about graduate schools, graduate entrance test materials, job vacancy notices, occupational profiles and descriptions, and potential employers. For assistance, call (479) 524-7282.

Office of Christian Formation

The Office of Christian Formation (OCF) strives to lead the JBU community to become more like Christ throughout all aspects of a student’s education. For information, call (479) 524-7213.

Graduate Christian Fellowship

Graduate Christian Fellowship (GCF) provides a variety of opportunities for graduate students to nurture their faith together and develop relationships with one another. The program offers monthly fellowship events including, but not limited to: a bowling night, annual Christmas candlelight dinner, Rogers Center Chapel, homecoming events, hayrides, and so much more! Monthly newsletters and devotionals are sent out to keep graduate students up-to-date on GCF activities and announcements. GCF seeks to invest in the spiritual growth of its graduate students as they continue their education.

Health Services

At the Health Services Office located in the Walker Student Center on the main campus, a registered Nurse is available weekdays for screening acute illnesses and injuries, as well as offering advice for everyday health problems. The nurse works closely with area doctors whose offices are within walking distance of the Siloam Springs campus. Equipment such as crutches and humidifiers can be checked out for short term use.

In order to offer complete care, it is important that the Health Services Office have on file all student medical records pertaining to pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, and malaria. Also, regular updates of family telephone numbers on the JBU web site ensure immediate communication in case of emergency.

Arkansas law of 2009 requires graduate students to provide documentation of two doses of Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccination. Students enrolled only in online courses, or those born prior to 1957 are exempt from this requirement. To receive an application for any exemption, contact the Arkansas Department of Health at (501) 661-2169. You can receive the MMR vaccine on campus.

Arkansas Law regarding Act 96 of 1913 requires all incoming students who were born or have lived for longer than six months in countries where Tuberculosis is endemic to show documentation of a TB skin test administered in the U.S. within six months of classes beginning.

International Programs Department

The International Programs Department (IPD) serves the needs of international students including Walton scholars, MK’s and third culture students. The office also offers assistance with international student orientation, immigration regulations, and international education opportunities. IPD sponsors social and cultural activities to promote Intercultural awareness and understanding among the entire JBU community.

Mission Statement: The International Programs Department of John Brown University supports students, faculty, and staff who will benefit from and contribute to the intercultural environment of JBU.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. IPD assists students, faculty, and staff in obtaining and maintaining the proper immigration status. Workshops are conducted on immigration, employment, and U.S. tax issues.

Walton International Scholarship Programs. The Walton International Scholarship Program (WISP) awards 60 annual scholarships to undergraduate students from Central America and Mexico. IPD attentively seeks to ensure growth and long-term success for its WISP scholars.

International Education. IPD administers, in conjunction with the academic college or division, our Semester in Ireland studies program, and a variety of JBU international summer studies programs. IPD also links students with international and domestic studies opportunities offered through the Council of Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). Short-term international mission teams are coordinated by the Office of Christian Formation in partnership with the IPD.

Friendship Family Program. This program connects international students with a host family who will help in the adjustment process and contributes to students’ success by providing care and support.

Resources for Lifestyle

The Walton Lifetime Health Complex (WLHC) offers students the most modern of health and fitness facilities for a complete daily workout. Swimming, jogging, racquetball, weights, aerobics, and team sports are just a few of the activities available to help reduce health risks and improve one’s quality of living. The WLHC services are available to all students and their families at no charge. For information, call (479) 524-7303.